Who would have thought that the
6" scale would ever be 'fresh'? But with so few movie related releases
in that scale the last couple years, collectors have been thirsting for
its return. Hasbro is doing it up with a series in this size for the
new movie, and the first two have started hitting Wal-marts - War
Machine and the Mark VI suit.
These aren't cheap at $13 each,
and they are Walmart exclusives, so if you hate shopping at that store
you're a bit out of luck. There are some more coming out in
style, including a great looking Mark I.
Packaging - ***
These are standard bubble/cardback designs, with a little text and
reasonable if not outstanding graphics. They are very similar to the
first film, and I would have preferred if they'd been able to give us
something a little more unique. Still, it's serviceable, and if you
don't mind tearing up the package to get to your toy, you shouldn't
have any issues with them.
Sculpting - ****
We've only seen brief snippets of these
figures on screen so far, but if the actual armor looks anything like
these figures, they'll be outstanding.
The armor sculpts on both
are exceptional, and the heavy, thick plastic they've used gives the
figures the sort of heft you expect. Nothing hollow or cheap feeling
The armor has also been designed
and sculpted in such a way
as to maximize the posing potential, interfering as little as possible
with the added articulation.
Both figures stand just a hair
over 6" tall, and should fit in great with your Marvel Legends from
both Hasbro and Toybiz.
Paint - ***1/2
Both figures also sport exceptional paint jobs. There's not a ton of
detail, but what's here (like the silver piping on the Mark VI) is very
clean and neat.
particularly like the gray metallic look of War Machine, and this
realistic paint scheme really looks good when posed alongside the
brighter reds and golds of the various Mark suits.
I did knock
off a slight bit because the power sources on both are stickers, and
these don't look as good as they should. While other tampo work (like
the numbers on the shoulders of War Machine) are great, these chest
stickers look exactly like that - stickers.
Articulation - War Machine ****;
Mark VI ***1/2
Again, War Machine outdoes his partner by a smidge. They articulation
is similar on both, but there's a couple key differences.
Man has a ball jointed neck, but because of the armor design, you're
not going to get much side to side tilt action out of it. However, it
does turn well, and tilts forward and back.
He also has pin and
post ball jointed shoulders and wrists, as well as double pin elbows,
giving his arms a terrific posability. To aid further, the shoulder
armor is articulated with a pin style joint so it can lift up and allow
the arms to be raised above the shoulder plane.
He has an
ab-crunch joint, but no waist joint. This ab-crunch does allow the
torso to turn, but because of the armor design, the torso tilts
backward at an odd angle as it does. There's the usual pin/post style
ball jointed hips with a post on both sides of the ball, so that the
thigh can also turn inward and outward. The knees are double pin
joints, and even the ankles might be ball joints. They feel like it,
but the armor restricts pretty much all the movement to just turning
and a very slight tilt back.
Iron Man can take very natural
poses, but I did find that the left shoulder pad liked to pop off while
I was moving the arms. No huge deal since it pops right back on, but a
minor annoyance nonetheless.
You can take everything I just
about Iron Man, and duplicate it for War Machine with a few
enhancements. He also has the articulated shoulder pads, but neither
popped off no matter how much posing I did. He has similar joints on
the armor covering his hands, so that it can be pushed back out of the
way for posing or swapping hands.
While he has a similar
ab-crunch joint, his armor design allows for his torso to turn cleanly,
making slightly off center poses look much better.
his shoulder cannon adds all kinds of articulation points to the score.
In fact, it's more poseable than the head! It tilts back and forth,
turns on a post, and even tilts side to side!
Both figures stand
great on their own in many, many cool poses - even the most serious
joint junkie should have no complaints here.
Unlike many other $13 or $15 action figures these days, these two have
a reasonable number of extras.
figures come with two extra sets of hands. These are sculpted in fists,
grips or firing poses, and swap quite easily. Each has its own wrist
peg, and considering the scale they are pretty sturdy.
also comes with an external weapon that snaps on his forearm. This
blaster is spring loaded, giving him a bit of an action feature. It
fires a doopy looking (possibly glow in the dark) hunk of plasma
most action features, it's pretty weak, but may amuse a 7 year old for
30 seconds or so.
War Machine has a couple
additional snap on
pieces. There's a chunk of armor that can be removed from his left
shoulder, and the smaller multi-barrel gun can be attached. There's
also an ammo clip that can be attached to the side of his larger gun
and then to his back. However, you may skip this one since it's tough
to keep in place and it restricts the mobility of the gun itself.
remember that big gun? Yep, it's not only articulated, it can be
removed! It snaps off the back, or slides frone one shoulder to the
other. How's that for multi-purpose?
Fun Factor - ****
If you're looking to pick up some GREAT Iron Man action figures for
your average 7, 8 or 9 year old to play with, grab these. Now. I
suspect that with both kids and collectors responding to them, they
won't last too long on the pegs.
Value - **
Thirteen bucks for a mass market Walmart toy? Okay, I get it with DCUC
- they don't have the kind of production run of mainstream lines. But
how much more mainstream can you get than Iron Man 2? If any line is
going to sell well this season it's this one, and the inflated price
smacks of Walmart getting greedy.
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing! These are sturdy, well built toys - they can hit the
sandbox or stand proud on the display shelf equally well.
Overall - War Machine
****; Mark VI ***1/2
Have you been jonesing for a great looking movie Iron Man to add to
your Marvel Legends display? Then look no further - these guys are
price tag is going to cause some to pause, and it should - things are
starting to get ridiculous, and I'm not sure many properties are going
to be able to bring in this sort of cash. But at least these two are
outstanding figures, and once you have them out and on the desk, you'll
forget all about the pain of the price.
I do like War Machine
slightly better, but that has a lot to do with the coolness factor.
There's just something about the design of the armor and weapons that
really works for me.
They are doing some others in
and I'm really stocked for the Mark I now. That's another terrific
looking design, and I won't be able to pass up a well executed 6"
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - Mark IV ***1/2; War Machine ****
Accessories - ***1/2
Fun Factor - ****
Value - **
Overall - Mark VI ***1/2; War Machine ****
Where to Buy -
These are a Wal-mart exclusive, so right now that's your best bet.
Expect to pay a whopping $13 a pop.
Other Iron Man reviews include:
- the only other IM2 review so
far is the Kotobukiya ArtFX
- and if you're looking for even
better Iron Man figures and money is no object, check out the Hot Toys Mark I, Mark II and Mark III. They'll be
doing a whole host of figures based on the new movie as well!
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